Presented at the Neonatal Society Spring Meeting 2019.
Authors: Harriet Hunt, Rebecca Abbott, Kate Boddy, Rebecca Whear, Alison Bethel, Sue Prosser, Andrew Collinson, Jennifer Kurinczuk, Christopher Morris, Leanna Wakely, Jo Thompson Coon
University of Exeter; Supporting Neonatal Users and Graduates (SNUG); Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital; Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske; National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
Parents of babies admitted to neonatal units experience an arduous emotional journey which may lead to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress and can persist long after discharge from the unit. Support from a parent with first-hand experience able to empathise with problems and challenges may help. This systematic review identified the quantitative and qualitative evidence that explored the experiences and effects of parent to parent (P2P) support, from the perspective of those giving, receiving, or implementing it.
We worked with a Parent Advisory Group (PAG) of parents with relevant and varied lived experience of having a baby in neonatal care and experience of providing peer support. Using best practice, we undertook a systematic review of P2P support. Thirteen electronic databases were searched and independent double screening and
The search identified 4593 records. After abstract and
Whilst the rich qualitative evidence suggested mostly positive experiences from all perspectives of P2P support, robust trial evidence for this was lacking. Furthermore, the difference in models for implementing P2P support meant we were unable to draw solid recommendations to guide best practice.
This research was funded by the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme ref. PB-PG-0416-20032
Senior author supporting presentation on day of meeting: Rebecca Abbott
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